Windows Must Be Installed to a Partition Formatted in NTFS

While installing Windows on used disk, you are likely to receive this error message:
“Windows cannot be installed to the hard disk space. Windows must be installed to a partition formatted in NTFS.”
 
What does this mean?
 
In fact, Windows must be installed to NTFS partition since Windows Vista. Thus, due to incompatible file system, you see the above error message. Then what’s the solution?
 

Fix Windows Must Be Installed to a Partition Formatted in NTFS

 
The way to fix this issue is rather easy, by formatting the target partition to NTFS, you can install Windows successfully. Here is how you can format this partition to continue installing Windows.
 
Tip:
If there is another Windows OS available, you can switch to that OS and use Disk Management or CMD to format it. Please read how to format partition to help you.

 
Reading here, you may wonder what if I am trying to install Windows on a hard drive that is free from an OS? The answer is straightforward. You can use MiniTool Partition Wizard to help you.
 
Step 1: burn the iso image of MiniTool Partition Wizard bootable CD to USB flash drive or CD/DVD, set your PC to boot from this media and enter into MiniTool Partition Wizard.
 
Step 2: click the partition you want to format and select “Format Partition” from the menu.
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Step 3: choose NTFS as the target file system, press “OK” to continue.
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Step 4: click “Apply” to format partition to NTFS.
 
Tip:
You can also format the partition to NTFS during the installation process by clicking on the target partition at first and then choose to format it under Drive Options (Advanced). Beside, if Windows reports Error Code 0x80070057, turn to Windows Could Not Format a Partition Error Code 0x80070057 to seek help.

 

Summary

 
When you receive Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space, windows must be installed to a partition formatted in NTFS, you don’t need to get into panic. Just use the most available method in Windows OS to format the partition to NTFS or turn to MiniTool Partition Wizard for help. Hope you can get out of trouble easily.
 

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